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A Reunited Hot Rod Circuit Thrills Music Hall of Williamsburg

November 21st, 2011

Hot Rod Circuit – Music Hall of Williamsburg – November 19, 2011

(Photo: Kirsten Housel)

On Saturday night mid-2000s emo darlings Hot Rod Circuit packed Music Hall of Williamsburg with a sea of swaying fans singing every word right along with frontman Andy Jackson. The quartet, which broke up in 2007 after 10 years together, played through a great selection of songs from its handful of releases.

“Irish Car Bomb,” from 1999’s If I Knew Now What I Knew Then, “Radio Song,” off 2000’s If It’s Cool with You It’s Cool with Me, and “Stateside,” from 2007’s The Underground Is a Dying Breed, received some of the biggest responses of the night, with crowd surfers, stage divers and hands clapping in time to the music. As would be true with any reunion show from a band of this caliber, every song was a hit with the mostly mid-to-late 20s crowd, from the oldest songs to the ones that brought the band to the height of its career.

Jackson and bandmates kept the between-song banter to a minimum, laughing early on at the chorus of “New Haven” and “Toad’s Place” shout-outs from the crowd. And after stage diving became regular during more favorite songs, Jackson told a cautionary anecdote that began “One time we were on tour with Hot Water Music …” and ended with a friend pooping his pants. Although Hot Rod Circuit has released no news of an official reformation past these eight reunion shows, the band did release news of a limited edition 7″ EP that would contain two new songs and a cover of Superdrag’s “Sucked Out.” We can only hope for more. —Kirsten Housel